since i posted jack's 'back to school' pic this week, i figured that it would be great for today's throwback thursday to include one of my own. this one isn't throwing back too far, but long enough, really. it was 8 years ago, my first day of graduate school (read: seminary). it was 2001. september. less than a week before 9/11. i was as nervous as a pimply-faced high school freshman. but it certainly was the beginning of a great journey for me. this picture was taken in the first house shannon and i lived in, a small parsonage that the church affectionately termed "the cottage." shannon made those curtains.
as some of you know, i have been working towards a goal i set at the beginning of 2020 of running 1000 miles in one calendar year. today is the last day of september (what?!?), and so that means the year is 3/4 of the way complete, which means i should be right around the 750 mile marker. however, i am doing better than that, as my 5 mile run today put me at 847 miles for the year, almost 100 miles ahead of schedule! i am feeling great, enjoying the journey, and experiencing a real sense of accomplishment as i work towards this goal. i have also enjoyed these little milestones along the way, just to see how far i've come. as it turns out, 847 miles from State College (along the roads, not as the crow flies) would have me arriving in Birmingham, AL, right about now! not too shabby! only about 150 to go!